"Julie Sharpe is an exceptional professional, extremely diligent and is one of the best solicitors I have ever worked with. We have worked together on complex transactions with tight timescales and Julie was always two steps ahead of the other side in the negotiations. No stone was left unturned."

Legal 500 2023

"I would highly recommend Julie Sharpe" "Julie is really good - she is efficient and on the ball."

Chambers UK 2023

I am a real estate lawyer with a particular focus on complex residential development and the strategic land sector.  I work for both private landowners and developers and regularly deal with promotions, collaboration agreements, pre-emptions, phased development management agreements, title issues, options, overage and other complex land agreements.

My experience covers advising on Natural Capital arrangements as part of both the development of schemes and in generating value from land holdings. My clients include landed estates, farming families and other family businesses, charities and institutional landowners.

I am also experienced in every aspect of investment portfolio work including day to day property management for both corporate and private clients. My breadth of real estate experience enables me to help clients prepare and realise maximum value from land and property.  I joined Michelmores as a partner in December 2022 having previously been at Charles Russell Speechlys since 2013.

Recommended in Legal 500 for expertise in advising landowners on strategic development sites and  ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers Guide 2023.

Recent experience

Acting on the long term development of a new 1500 home housing estate in Oxfordshire with new school, community centre and infrastructure land requirements being developed in collaboration with a national master developer. Leading on the sales of several residential phases to national housebuilders. Collaborating across the firm to ensure joined up property, construction, planning, tax and corporate advice.

Advising a landed estate on the sale of phased development land in Sussex, ensuring forward planning of estate management arrangements, compliance with cross site planning obligations, overage and dealing with rights and covenants in respect of shared access and services.

Acting for private landowners on the sale of phased residential development land in Hampshire to a national housebuilder where over 50% of the scheme was designated green open spaces in accordance with planning requirements including nutrient mitigation.

Acting for a land promoter on the promotion of strategic land sites including advising on joint venture and financing arrangements.

Dealing with the £35 million sale of development land with consent for 400 homes with an option for the local authority to draw down education land.

Advising on the joint venture and sale of two linked development sites in Gloucestershire with the retention of plots involving development agreements and development finance, conditional sale arrangements and overage.

Acting on the relocation of a leading UK consultancy firm’s London headquarters. Advising on the key strategic terms, leases and option arrangements.